Team Suzuki's Josh Waters has claimed victory in the first ASBK round of 2012.
Team Suzuki’s Josh Waters has claimed victory in the first QBE Australian Superbike Championship round of the season at Phillip Island in Victoria.
Waters dominated the opening race of the season on Sunday morning to win by over seven seconds, with a second place finish in race two sealing the overall.
Team Honda Racing’s Wayne Maxwell won the second race of the weekend following an entertaining battle with Waters, however a hole in the radiator during race one dashed his hopes of the overall.
Waters won overall from defending champion Glenn Allerton (Procon BMW), who scored 2-5 finishes, while Maxwell’s Team Honda Racing teammate Jamie Stauffer was third with 4-3 finishes.
Completing the top five were two more Suzuki contenders in Robbie Bugden (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) and Ben Attard (Team Suzuki), who was a solid third in race one.
Meanwhile, Maxwell was eighth overall despite his DNF in the first race of the season, bouncing back to salvage 25 points with the race two win.
Top Prostock finisher for the weekend was GAS Honda Racing’s Nick Waters, from Matthew Walters (Kawasaki) and Chaz Hern (Suzuki).
2012 Australian Superbike Championship
Round One – Phillip Island, VIC
Superbike Overall Results:
1. Joshua WATERS 46
2. Glenn ALLERTON 36
3. Jamie STAUFFER 35
4. Robert BUGDEN 33
5. Ben ATTARD 31
6. Ben HENRY 29
7. Chris TROUNSON 26
8. Wayne MAXWELL 25
9. Scott CHARLTON 15